AutoCAD – Using Texture Packs

AutoCAD has the ability to utilize our texture packs in a unique way that will help you to create impressive drawings with more details than ever before. SUPERHATCH is a very powerful command that enables you to create hatch patterns from images, blocks, Xrefs and wipeouts. Combined with our Tree Symbol packs you will have the ability to take your drawings to a new level.



With your drawing open find the area you are wanting to apply a texture to. Type ‘SUPERHATCH’ into the command prompt. Select ‘Image’ from the window that appears. Within the new window, browse to the location of your texture. Select your texture and click open. Within the ‘Attach Image’ window select the ‘Specify on Screen’ checkbox. In your model choose a location to place the image and scale the image to suit. Once you have selected the images location and scale you will be prompted ‘Is the placement of this image acceptable’ if you are happy with the scale of the image type ‘YES’ if not type ‘NO’ and retry placement / scale.

Now your image is placed and scaled correctly you need to decide where you wish the texture to be placed. Click inside the closed areas you wish to texture. Once you have completed selecting areas to be textured hit ‘Enter’. Your area is now hatched with the texture you selected.




Once you have finished hatching your model you will notice the texture has seams where the texture repeats. To remove the frames type the command ‘IMAGEFRAME’ and set the setting to ‘0’. This will remove the frame from the images. If you wish to show the frame again so you can make amendments etc. to your symbols type ‘IMAGEFRAME’ and set the setting to ‘1’. Alternatively you can switch the image frame on and off by typing ‘TFRAME’. This command toggles the image frame setting between 0 and 1.




When printing your drawings to PDF we have found that using the DWG to PDF converter that comes with CAD is preferable over the PDF Distiller. Using the PDF Distiller can produce unwanted green frames and low quality images on your drawings. To avoid this switch your printer to DWG to PDF in the plot settings.